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Potato Gnocchi

Categories: Entertaining, Kid-friendly, Quick to fix
Type: Main Dishes

Gnocchi is a family-favorite that is easy to make using leftover mashed potatoes.

Prep Time: 20M

Cooking Time: 5M

Serves: Serves 4


  • about 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1-2 tbsp all-purpose flour, plus extra for the work surface
  • sea salt
  • pesto (to serve)
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  1. Put the leftover mashed potatoes in a bowl. Mix in the egg. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough. Transfer to a floured work surface, and knead gently for a couple of minutes-don't overwork the dough, or it will become tough.
  2. Divide the mixture into four equal portions, and roll each into a cylinder. Cut each one into pieces about 11/4in (3cm) long. Use the back of a fork to make a ridged pattern on each piece.
  3. Cook in a large pot of boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes-when they float to the surface, they are ready. Scoop out using a slotted spoon, and divide among 4 shallow bowls. Serve immediately with a tomato or Gorgonzola sauce, or a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some pesto over the top.
  • It's important that the potatoes aren't too wet. You could boil them in their skins, which will help, but remember to peel them before mashing.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Quick Cook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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